‘It was a total mess’: Caucusing is long over, but Iowa still doesn’t have a winner

For months, Iowa Democrats fretted that new rules would produce an excess of results on caucus night and complicate Democrats’ claims to victory at this critical juncture in the presidential nominating contest.

In the end, their problem was the opposite. 

Widespread reporting problems meant that no official results were available to campaigns, the press or the public as of 3 a.m. CST, leaving the field in a state of heightened uncertainty. 

Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price provided few answers, telling reporters on a middle-of-the-night press call that results would come at some point Tuesday. The call lasted less than two minutes.

In the absence of those numbers, multiple campaigns claimed victory as they boarded private planes destined for New Hampshire. 

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